Samarahan achieves 83 pct inoculation

Peter minos speaking to the press. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

SAMARAHAN: The Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (MPKS) is pleased that 83.6 percent of the population in its area of jurisdiction have been vaccinated with the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

Having said this, MPKS chairman Datuk Peter Minos stated Samarahan Division will be one of the safest councils from Covid-19 once its population complete their second dose in two to three weeks’ time.

He said the council had worked together with the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) and Dewan Suarah Kota Samarahan for the vaccination exercise.

“We are very happy that we have done our part by providing the list of those who are to be inoculated. MPKS knows each household in Samarahan which is why we feel that we must come forward and help in this.

“It is our job and duty to support the government’s efforts in the anti Covid-19 strategy and I believe members of the public are also very happy,” he explained.

Minos said this when met by reporters during the Community Pantry Project at Everise Supermarket Samarahan today.

On the Community Pantry Project, he disclosed that the council is looking at extending the period from July 12 to July 22 in conjunction with the celebration of Sarawak Day.

He also thanked the media in providing coverage and raising awareness about the project to the community.

“We are the first council in Sarawak to help directly in the vaccination exercise and the first to give out food assistance in cooperation with the 14 supermarkets in our jurisdiction.

“We are thankful that the project has been highlighted by the media. Not only it helps in raising awareness about the project, but it also provides the MPKS staff with morale booster to continue doing our part for the community,” he said.

Meanwhile, MPKS council member and organiser Datuk Sim Kiang Chiok said he hoped the project would inspire others to do similar good charity work during these unprecedented times.

Sim who is also the chairman of Sarawak Housing Estate Development Association (Sheda) Kuching branch noted that others have embarked on meal aid projects similar to the one which was recently conducted by Sheda.

“I am pleased to see that others have started to provide meal aid to those who are in need. This is good because it means food is available for them.

“With the vaccination programme and progress rolling well, hopefully by August we will be able to go back to normal with certain standard operating procedures (SOPs) still in place,” he added.